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Author Aercke, Kristiaan, 1959-
Title Gods of play : baroque festive performances as rhetorical discourse / Kristiaan P. Aercke.
Imprint Albany : State University of New York Press, [1994]

Author Aercke, Kristiaan, 1959-
Series SUNY series, the margins of literature
SUNY series, the margins of literature.
Subject Theater -- Europe -- History -- 17th century.
Theater -- Semiotics.
Europe -- Court and courtiers.
Description 1 online resource (xii, 284 pages).
Seventeenth century lcsh
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-270) and index.
Contents Prelude : the view from above -- 1. Feasts, allegories, and politics -- 2. Rhetoric and Baroque festive performances -- Interlude : the gods of play -- 3. The Barberini saint : Sant'Alessio -- 4. El rey planeta : El mayor encanto, amor -- 5. Hercules and the Sun King : Ercole Amante and La Princesse d'Elide -- 6. Ne plus ultra : Il pomo d'oro, the Habsburg apple.
Summary This book studies the close connections between politics, culture, art, and philosophy in seventeenth-century Europe. As an emblem of this interrelationship, the author has chosen the phenomenon of the 'splendid festive performance' of spectacular plays and operas given at absolutist courts in Rome, Madrid, Paris, Versailles, and Vienna between 1631 and 1668. Gods of Play fills voids in the scholarly literature on the seventeenth-century, on absolutism, on courtly theatricality, and on the philosophy of play. Aercke demonstrates that such splendid performances were not just frivolous entertainment for the courtly class but were serious activities with far-ranging political consequences.
Note Kristiaan P. Aercke is Assistant Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Print version record.
ISBN 9780585092263 (electronic book)
0585092265 (electronic book)
0791420493 (cloth)
9780791420492 (cloth)
0791420507 (paperback)
9780791420508 (paperback)
OCLC # 42856451
Additional Format Print version: Aercke, Kristiaan, 1959- Gods of play. Albany : State University of New York Press, ©1994 0791420493 (DLC) 93031052 (OCoLC)29319948

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